Community Health Worker (CHW) Institute

Funding Source: Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Project Term: 11/01/2016 - 12/29/2018

Mission: To engage, educate, employ, and empower Community Health Workers to meet the wellness needs for our communities.

Vision Statement: All communities within Central Texas have access to safe, affordable, culturally relevant health care and resources to live full, productive lives.


  • Conduct a comprehensive, multi-level workforce analysis within Central Texas to better understand the gaps to sustainable CHW employment.
  • Partner with existing agencies who are currently providing certified CHW training to maximize community networks.
  • Establish a state-level, comprehensive specialty training and continuing education program for CHWs to develop knowledge and skills to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of underserved populations in Central Texas.
  • Connect trained CHWs with sustainable work opportunities, and promote fair and adequate compensation.
  • Provide technical support and resources to strengthen community capacity for CHW employment and ongoing development.


  1. Unity Conference 2017: The Collective Power of CHWs, CHRs and Promotors
    Abstract for Roundtable Discussion
    Title: CHW P.O.W.E.R. Project: Promoting Opportunities for Work & Enhanced Reimbursement (PDF)
  2. Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science Conference (IAPHS 2017)
    Abstract for Panel Presentation
    Title: Workforce Standards for Community Health Workers in Texas: Implications for Credentialing and Integration into Healthcare Systems (PDF)
  3. American Public Health Association 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo
    Abstract #1 (Panel Presentation)
    Title: A multi-level workforce analysis of CHWs in Texas (PDF)

    Abstract #2 (Roundtable Discussion)
    Title: A comprehensive intervention to enhance sustainable work opportunities for CHWs (PDF)

News Posted: School of Nursing Receives Grant to Improve Health of Underserved Communities

Increasing Community Health Worker (CHW) Impact on Women's Health in Rural Communities of Central Texas

Co-Investigator with Cardea
Funding Source: St. David's Foundation
Project Term: 10/01/2017-09/30/2018

CHWs provide effective outreach to rural populations. Building on a regional needs assessment, Cardea and the University of Texas at Austin (UT) School of Nursing aim to develop online training modules equivalent to six continuing education (CE) credits to enhance CHW effectiveness and build workforce capacity to address regional health needs.